Shaolin Soccer

Critics Consensus

The plot is utterly ridiculous, and the soccer in the movie is unlike any ever played anywhere on Earth, but watching Shaolin Soccer, you will probably find it impossible to care.



Total Count: 93


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User Ratings: 69,285
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One of Hong Kong's top screen comics, Stephen Chow, co-wrote, co-directed, and headlines this three-way blend of sports, action, and humor. Sing (Stephen Chow) is a modern-day Shaolin monk who has become a master of traditional fighting skills, and is renowned for his "leg of steel." However, these days there isn't much call for a Shaolin warrior, and Sing and his fellow monks earn their keep working menial jobs until a soccer coach gets the bright idea of translating Sing's talent for kicking to the soccer field. Sing becomes the lynchpin of a team playing in a tournament that could net them a $1 million purse, but even with Sing's footwork, beating the steroid-fueled champions will be no easy task. Shaolin Soccer also features Man Tat Ng and Vicki Zhao.

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Wong Yat-fei
as First Big Brother (Iron Head)
Yut Fei Wong
as Iron Head
Cecilia Cheung
as Slender Dragon Team Player
Karen Mok
as Slender Dragon Team Player
Hui Li
as Beautiful Girl
Vincent Kok
as Shanxi Robert De Niro
Kai Man Tin
as Third Big Brother
Wong Kai Yue
as Big Brother
Mo Mei Lin
as Second Big Brother
Lam Tze Chung
as Sixth Small Brother
Chan Kwok Kwan
as Fourth Big Brother
Zhang Ming Ming
as Little Hung
Pu Ye Dong
as Little Fung
Shi Zi Yun
as Player of Devil Team
Cao Hua
as Goalkeeper of Devil Team
Li Bin Hong
as Devil Team Player
Zhao Yong
as Devil Team Player
Shi Heng Jie
as Devil Team Player
Shi Heng Jiang
as Devil Team Player
Hu Shao Qi
as Devil Team Player
Lam Tsz Sin
as Gangster
Lo Hoi Ying
as Gangster
Ma Jun Long
as Gangster
Yao Xu
as Gangster
Lee Kin Yan
as Boss in Beauty
Min Hun Fung
as Gangster Team Leader
Tsui Na
as Boss in Steaming Bread Restaurant
Mok Wai Man
as Hung's Assistant
Sun Chang Meng
as Hung's Assistant
He Wen Hui
as Passenger
Lu Wei
as Reporter
Tse Chi Wah
as General Manager of Karaoke
Sun Chi Wing
as Manager
Wong Yan Kit
as Referee
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Critic Reviews for Shaolin Soccer

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (33)

Audience Reviews for Shaolin Soccer

  • Mar 12, 2016
    Chow's comedic creativity knows no bounds. From a soccer field under attack, turned into a war movie sketch, to the gongfu moves on the soccer field where turf and clothes equally go flying--everything is so delightfully kua zhang (exaggerated). Enjoyed the cameos from Karen Mok and Cecilia Cheung, and Danny Chan Kwok-kwan's Bruce Lee impersonation. The only reason I'm not rating 5 stars is for the lower production value and some unconvincingly awkward chemistry between characters.
    Letitia L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2014
    The work of Stephen Chow seems to be both of respect and innovation through comedy. The fact that his films of the past decade introduced Kung Fu as a discipline capable of unrealistic physical and spiritual wonders confirms his vision to be that of comedy rather than spoof, because the essence of martial arts remains there. Incorporating that to modern settings is an idea beyond ridiculous that few studios with any sanity remnant would accept consciously, including the cheap CGI aspects which suckness is compensated almost completely by the creativity involved in something seemingly superficial, yet actually humble. Still, the film delivers what it originally set out to do, with a no-holds-barred energy and enthusiasm that so many movies are lacking today. The argument that the film pays homage through comedy can be confirmed with the prolonged version, and not the chopped U.S. cut; this version, however, is specifically aimed at fans of the movie, because it won't add anything to those that have already found this experience as something indescribably bad. But it would take three more years for Chow, a name who I miss in the industry, to perfect his vision and bring his trademark amalgamation of genres to complete cohesion. 79/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 02, 2013
    Somehow I've managed to like all of Stephen Chow's films more than his so-called masterpiece, Kung Fu Hustle. Perhaps I need to give that film a second chance. And the thing is, other than the soccer, the formula is pretty much exactly the same as it was in Kung Fu Hustle. Then again I remember Stephen Chow's character being an absolute ASSHOLE for most of the film and finding it hard to get into it, and I just simply didn't like it as much as other people did. I think part of the problem was, while the film was very much a comedy, there was also parts of it where it took itself too seriously and it just didn't fit with the rest of the film being a Looney tunes kung fu movie. This movie has its more serious moments but they never detract from the overall quality of the film. This film is simply concerned with being one thing, and that's fun. It definitely has a low budget feel but that doesn't really matter in the long run, as long as the film entertains. And this film did, in spades. I don't think it's great, but it is silly and over the top. And that's great, it's always fun to see a movie not take itself too seriously and this might be the ultimate example of a film not taking itself too seriously. The plot is practically non-existent. It's basically just a showcase for some great slapstick and some cool action scenes (mixed with the soccer stuff). You can certainly check your brain at the door, this film won't require you to do much thinking. You're there to be entertained and hopefully the film can do just that. I really enjoyed it a lot. Much more than I was expecting, really. Of course if you're a film snob who worships Lars Von Trier and Andrei Tarkovsky, not that there's nothing wrong with admiring these two great filmmakers, then this film won't be your cup of tea. You've been warned.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2012
    After a fatal sports mistake, an ex-soccer player encounters a shaolin kung fu master who is trying to spread the word about kung fu. Now, the ex-soccer player helps reunite the shaolin master with his five brothers-teaching them the game of soccer. But this time, kung fu is added to the game. The film starts off in Black and White, allowing us to know why Golden Leg is no longer living in the world of soccer. While this plays, the film seems to be normal. But once the Black and White sequence is gone, the film turns its way into an incredibly ridiculous slapstick comedy. There is even a random dance sequence that comes at one of the most sudden moments. Usually, this short of film would be booed over due to it's extreme nonsense. Some of these films include: The Cat In The Hat, and Zookeeper. These movies are different from Shaolin Soccer because they forgot to add one thing, this is laughter. Sometimes, the films that are listed below can bring some laughs-but truly they become tiring. Thankfully, there are things that hold our interest with Shaolin Soccer, things that make us stay through the film. It is able to offer us many different topics in Comedy, topics such as: slapstick, cleverness, love, lust, crudeness, and so much more. One thing for sure is that once you begin watching this film, you will immediately know that it is highly ludicrous. But on the other hand, it is highly enjoyable as well.
    Emmanuel T Super Reviewer

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